Surveillance Technology I Chicago Police Department
Video Channel: Chicago Police
The Chicago Police Department's Area Tech Centers (ATC) allow detectives to process videos faster from private surveillance cameras and cellphone footage, representing a critical component to CPD's efforts to increase the clearance rate for homicides and non-fatal shootings in Chicago, especially in the neighborhoods experiencing the highest rates of violence.
This video is an example of how the Area South ATC helped analyze video evidence that helped approve federal charges on an armed habitual criminal this past Spring.
On May 22, 2019, Chicago Police officers responded to ShotSpotter (a gunshot detection system) and discovered an individual shot. A suspect fleeing from the scene was detained a short distance away, and a firearm was located nearby. The next day the Area South ATC canvassed the location of the shooting, and the location where the firearm was discovered. Video obtained from the homeowner's private camera systems revealed the suspect entering the backyard of the shooting, fleeing the yard, and discarding the firearm. The suspect was charged with Armed Habitual Criminal by Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Subsequently, the case was reviewed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office who eventually charged the suspect in federal court.